Any Human Heart (2010– )

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A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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 Logan Mountstuart (Older) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Logan Mountstuart (Middle) (4 episodes, 2010)
Conor Nealon ...
 Logan Mountstuart (Child) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Freya Deverell (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Logan Mountstuart (Young) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Ben Leeping (Older) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Peter Scabius (Older) (4 episodes, 2010)
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 Ernest Hemingway / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
Ken Bones ...
 Mr. Mountstuart (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Mrs. Mountstuart (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Lottie (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Duchess Of Windsor / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Duke Of Windsor / ... (3 episodes, 2010)
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 Gloria Scabius (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Tess Scabius (2 episodes, 2010)
Hugh Skinner ...
 Lionel Mounstuart (2 episodes, 2010)
Stéphane Dausse ...
 Cyprien (2 episodes, 2010)
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 The Earl (2 episodes, 2010)
Yolanda Vazquez ...
 Encarnacion (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Peter Scabius (Young) (2 episodes, 2010)
James Musgrave ...
 Ben Leeping (Young) / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
Kulvinder Ghir ...
 Subadar Singh (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Ian Fleming (2 episodes, 2010)
Poppy Epstein ...
 Stella (Age 6) (2 episodes, 2010)
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 Dr. Byrne (2 episodes, 2010)
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A novelist's life ricochets from 1920s Paris to '50s New York and '80s London. Along the way he meets Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor - the exiled British king and his mistress Wallis Simpson.

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Any Human Heart - Eines Menschen Herz  »

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The music used in Channel 4's promotional trailers is "Einaudi: Nightbook" from the album 'Nightbook' by Ludovico Einaudi. See more »

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Classy, entertaining and with heart
30 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I read somewhere that Any Human Heart had poor viewing figures. If so, that's quite sad, because this series was excellent. Ridiculous sometimes yes, but it was also a classy and entertaining series and I actually think it did have heart.

The book is a beautifully written and compelling one. And I think this series does a respectable job adapting it. Is it as good? Probably not, but the characters are faithful and great to watch and the story is told in an adept way. The script is often funny, touching, edgy, heart-warming and especially in the final episode reflective.

That's not all. The production values are exquisite. The scenery is beautiful, the photography stunning and the costumes ravishing. The music fits the mood of each scene perfectly, while the direction is fully competent and the pace right on the money.

The acting is excellent across the board. Julien Ovendon is good as Ernest Hemingway, while Kim Catrall's Gloria is the epitome of class and Gillian Anderson's Duchess of Windsor pinched and terrifying. Though it is the character of Logan who drives the drama, a very interesting if flawed character Logan is played by a different actor through different stages of his life. Logan as a child is played appealingly by Connor Nealon, while Logan as a young man is nicely portrayed by Sam Claflin. Matthew McFadyen is dashing, sympathetic and very convincing as a more middle-aged Logan, while Jim Broadbent comes off best in a brilliant, heartfelt and very reflective performance as Logan in his older age.

In conclusion, I thought it was wonderful especially for the production values and the acting. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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